Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.



8/19/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 240 North St. E.


8/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Lewisville Post 561, 121 Lewis St. W.


8/29/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 109 3rd St. SE

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

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